Thursday, January 7, 2010

UPDATE: Silicon Valley Judge Rips Prosecutor

The San Jose Mercury News story from yesterday was updated this morning with this incredible quote from the judge:

About 14 prosecutors listened Wednesday morning in stunned silence as [Judge Andrea Y.] Bryan — a former prosecutor and San Jose deputy city attorney appointed by Republican Gov. Pete Wilson — took the rare step of rebuking the District Attorney's Office and dismissing the charges. [Deputy District Attorney Troy] Benson did not attend the hearing. "Mr. Benson's numerous acts of misconduct, culminating in his false testimony in this proceeding, strikes at the foundation of our legal system and is so grossly shocking and outrageous that it offends the universal sense of justice to allow prosecution in this matter to proceed,'' Bryan said. "As such, defendant's motion to dismiss on due process grounds is granted.''